Giving Up Your Passion In the Name of Balance: A Smart Move? Or a Big Mistake?
September 12, 2011 • 0 comment(s)
Stacey aka “Justice Fergie” is a former Communications major, technology attorney, wife to JoeFerg, and mother of three spunky children, ages 7, 5, and 3. She's also the co-founder of the Be Blogalicious online community for multicultural women bloggers which hosts the yearly Blogalicious Weekend conferences.
Just over 2 years ago, my two co-bloggers and I decided to host a social media conference celebrating diversity. It was a great idea and really addressed a need in the blogosphere to recognize multicultural women social media enthusiasts and to introduce advertisers to this influential demographic. The conference was an immediate success and I've not looked back ever since!
Well, except maybe to figure out where my sanity went.
You see, I've been a practicing attorney for the past 9 years. I started blogging five years ago as an outlet to share my challenges and triumphs dealing with balancing work and home. And now, here I am with a demanding career, three kids under 7 years old, a husband, a house, and a yearly conference to take care of! I'm getting heart palpitations just thinking of it all.
The moonlighting was fun for a long time. It gave me something to look forward to; something of my own to build. But lately, it's exhausting me! It means more work after an insanely long day of work. And choosing to work when I could be doing a puzzle with my kids or watching a movie with my hubby.
It breaks my heart to even consider it, but keeping up this pace running me ragged. So, I have to ask: when does it become time to give up on the side gig?